David Katz is the Director and Head of External Affairs for Asia Pacific at private equity firm KKR. He is responsible for leading KKR’s government relations (GR) and corporate communications along with KKR’s environmental, social and governance programs in the region. David also sits on KKR’s Asia Pacific leadership team.
Previously, David was Deputy Head of Global GR and Head of AP GR for PayPal Inc., where he managed PayPal’s global government engagements, with a particular focus on geo-expansion and strategic relationships with international organizations such as World Bank and World Economic Forum. Prior to PayPal Inc., he worked at eBay Inc., where he managed Asia-Pacific GR for both eBay Marketplace and PayPal – then owned by eBay Inc. Before joining eBay, David worked at Visa Inc. where he served as their first head of GR for the Asia region.
David’s background also includes serving as a senior advisor in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Secretariat in Singapore during which time he worked on capacity building and policy development. He was a senior director at the United States Trade Representative (USTR) with responsibility for Southeast Asia, APEC, and China trade policy. He was a member of the U.S. diplomatic service, with tours in Taiwan, Mongolia, and Singapore and served as special assistant to U.S. Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell.